Monday, 22 October 2012

Preview: the week ahead (22nd - 28th October)

Goodness, what a week it's been and what a week ahead. Berlin's crazy autumn is what we like to call this madness. Enjoy it while it lasts. In January, you will long for those weeks when there was a good gig on every night of the week!

Liars and Land Observations at Festsaal: See my review of their album release show earlier this year. I love Liars, I love their new album and J. and I will be there cheering them on. A great band and this is going to be a great night.

Chain & the Gang and K-Holes at Festsaal: Read our previous review. Show up. Dance your little butts off. See you there, yeah yeah!
Rocky Votolato, Chuck Ragan, Cory Branan, Emily Barker and Joe Ginsberg at SO36: Ex-HC folks turned singer-songwriter evening at SO36. This could turn out real cosy and fun. We have featured Rocky Votolato and Chuck Ragan before - the others fit into that world, too.
Gerda Blank and The Summer Rebellion at Knochenbox: Gerda Blank are clearly influenced by Fugazi, but they seem to call garage rock their home, too. Danceable guitar music for your attention.

BODY/HEAD and Cobra Killer at Kantine am Berghain: Remember the long doodly experimental guitar bits in Sonic Youth? Well, Kim Gordon has made a project of it named BODY/HEAD. Exciting stuff. This Thursday in the cosy Kantine.
Talibam! + Marrow Mandler + Urge at Loophole: Noise hip hop mash-up project Talibam! are a curious act I always try to have on my radar. I don't really know what to make of this duo to this day but I can't deny I continue to be intrigued. Go see for yourself.
Holograms at Kater Holzig: Captured Tracks are definitely my label of the year. Every band on their label that has passed through town has managed to give a fantastic performs and make live music exciting again. So here comes another, this time from Sweden. Holograms definitely like early 80s British punk and wave. So do I. Meet me there.

Strange Forces and The History Of Colour TV at Naherholung Sternchen: Strange Forces nicely fit into the new wave of wave music that's going around just now. They add some atomspheric soundscapes to their version of it. A hip night for hip people with good music. Sounds like my kinda Friday night.  

Digger Barnes w/ Diamond Road Show at Festsaal Kreuzberg: Regular readers will know J. and my love for Digger Barnes and his side-kick Pencil Quincy. Or is it the other way round? Anyhoo, read our review I and II and enjoy the magic on the big screen at Festsaal this Saturday.
Nadja and Bee and Flower at West Germany: Nadja (search the craze for a million pre- and reviews) are releasing their record this week and have made West Germany their venue of choice. Support from American-German project Bee & Flower.
Bye Roy with Robotron, P.U.F.F., SFTSTPS, Debmaster, Grrranschinuts and Zentralheizung des Todes: It's that time of year again. Winter is approaching and heatingless bei Roy has to go into hybernation until the spring. Naturally, they are celebrating this in style with a grand line-up. It's going to be a big paaaardy.
Cut Hands at NK: Ok, so I get excited easily. But this is exciting stuff. Cut Hands is a rhythm project by William Bennett of Whitehouse. He explores African drumming and mythology with the help of a variety of equipment and his songs are bound to get more than one person into an exstatic trance. Highly recommended.

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